Settled in a sheltered valley, Port Isaac is a traditional Cornish fishing village with sloping streets and cosy cottages.
Loved by millions as Portwenn in ITV’s Doc Martin, Port Isaac is the archetypal Cornish village and remains a working harbour. During the summer, the folk group Fisherman’s Friends perform shanties on the seafront – always guaranteed to draw a crowd.
Unsurprisingly, the village is known for its seafood, with renowned chef Nathan Outlaw owning two restaurants here. Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen serves responsibly sourced local seafood, while the two Michelin star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw offers a seven-course tasting menu.
The neighbouring village of Port Gaverne can be reached by a walk along the coast path, and is worth visiting for its sheltered, stony beach and fantastic pub. Port Quin, also nearby, is home to just a handful of houses and makes a great spot for swimming and rock pooling.
Top things to do
- Eat at one of Port Isaac’s notable restaurants.
- Spot well-known filming locations.
- Listen to the Fisherman’s Friends singing on the Platt.
- Check out work by local artists in the galleries.
- Go on a fishing trip from the harbour.
- Take a walk down ‘Squeezy Belly Alley’: the narrowest thoroughfare in Britain.
- Explore hidden coves and soaring clifftops from the South West Coast Path.
- Walk along to neighbouring Port Gaverne beach where you can do an array of watersports with Cornish Rock Tors.